AREMA John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship given to a Junior or Senior college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in a professional field that has direct applications in the passenger rail sector. This scholarship is sponsored jointly by Committee 11 – Commuter & Intercity Rail Systems and Committee 17 – High Speed Rail Systems.
Amount of Award: Scholarship is in the amount of $1000 and will apply to the coming academic year.
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled as full-time Junior or Senior student in a four or five year program leading to an undergraduate degree in a professional field that has direct applications in the passenger rail sector. The applicant must have at least a 2.00 GPA (out of 4.00).
Application Process: To apply for this scholarship the materials listed below must be sent to: AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, 10003 Derekwood Lane, Suite 210, Lanham, MD 20706 USA
a. A cover letter, not exceeding 350 words, in business format, giving reasons why the applicant believes he/she is deserving of an AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarship. The applicant should indicate areas of railroading which might be of particular interest, and describe how his/her attributes relate to these areas.
b. A resume which is comparable to that which would be prepared by a graduating senior who is seeking professional employment. The resume should contain personal data, work experience, education information and any other information the applicant feels is appropriate.
c. Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a faculty member, and the other may be from another faculty member, present or former employer, AREMA member, or other responsible person. Letters of recommendation will be confirmed prior to award of scholarship. For confirmation purposes, a phone number and e-mail address of signer must be included with each letter of recommendation.
d. A transcript from the school(s) attended, which includes college level work completed at least through December 31 of previous year, plus courses currently enrolled in. Printed computer or Internet copies of transcript will be accepted. Transcripts will be confirmed with school(s) prior to award of scholarship.
Deadline for Applying: An original of the above materials must be submitted in one envelope and received by AREMA no later than March 9th.
Evaluation and Notification: A scholarship committee appointed by AREMA Committee 24- Education & Training, will base its evaluation for awards on material submitted. Successful applicants will be informed of awards on or before April 25.